ON THE COVER:  Mural by Gillian Fazio on the corner of Stuart Ave and Scenic Hwy in Lake Wales.  Painted in 2020.


Happy New Year!   

We begin this year with a curated list of 50 interesting things to do in Polk County in 2021.  We’ve even included a checklist at the end, so you can mark them off as you go. We also talk with a high school senior who was born in Latvia and is now thriving in Winter Haven. Learn how she made that journey and overcame so many obstacles.  She’s a pretty amazing young woman.

As we begin this new year, I challenge you to think about what you’re grateful for.  Is it a person?  I challenge you to TELL them.  We could all use more kindness, be the person who spreads it.

I found the poem below and wanted to share it.  I can so easily fall into a dark place and convince myself that I’m doing everything wrong.  I am my own worst enemy.  I’m going to keep this next to my desk this year, so I can reflect back on it.  I hope you find inspiration from it too.  

Thanks for picking us up every month & I hope to see you around town! Read our current magazine and past issues at havenmagazines.com.  Keep tagging your posts with #kindachill and you might find it in the February issue!!  


Amy Sexson




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